Coat of arms of Poland
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The coat of arms of Poland is a white, crowned eagle with a golden beak and talons, on a red background.
|Coat of arms of Poland|
|Armiger||Republic of Poland|
|Adopted||c. 1000; last modified in 22 February 1990|
|Blazon||Gules, an eagle argent, armed, crowned and beaked or, langued argent|
In Poland, the coat of arms as a whole is referred to as godło both in official documents and colloquial speech, despite the fact that other coats of arms are usually called a herb (e.g. the Nałęcz herb or the coat of arms of Finland). This stems from the fact that in Polish heraldry, the word godło (plural: godła) means only a heraldic charge (in this particular case a white crowned eagle) and not an entire coat of arms, but it is also an archaic word for a national symbol of any sort. In later legislation only the herb retained this designation; it is unknown why.